There is nothing better than a great plot twist. Twists, turns, big reveals, and surprise endings are some of the most coveted aspects of a great story.

Plot twists break the monotony of conventional plots and stories, which is why readers, audiences, and publishers love them.

Writing is a tricky craft. Sometimes getting a story started is the hardest part. Other times, it’s figuring out the grand finale. And even when you find the perfect plot twist, you still have to build to it.

Every story can be broken down into 3 parts: beginning, middle and the plot twist.

But writing the right plot twist can be a challenge. A great plot twist can impact your audience with an emotional gut-punch they’ll never forget. That being said, you cannot rely solely on plot twists to make your script engaging. You still need strong storytelling and characterization.

25 Plot Twist Ideas and Prompts for Writers

  1. Have an old acquaintance emerge from a character’s past.
  2. Character reveals a previously unknown fear or phobia.
  3. The story’s antagonist receives a new benefit.
  4. Character does something completely unexpected.
  5. The weather plays a role in the plot of the story.
  6. Character finds an object from their past.
  7. An animal makes an appearance in the story.
  8. An item (or a person) goes missing.
  9. Character starts acting out of character.
  10. Someone admits their true feelings about something or someone.
  11. Character tells a story within the story.
  12. Block a passage for your characters.
  13. Insert a new person and see what happens.
  14. Whether it’s an antique or technology, break something.
  15. Introduce an authority figure to the story.
  16. Character stumbles across an unintended message.
  17. Whether nefarious or natural causes, someone must die.
  18. Bring two characters together, whether they like it or not.
  19. Reveal a new power for one of your characters.
  20. Have something unexpected and uncontrollable happen.
  21.  Release the kraken, the hounds, or toddlers.
  22. Have a character get sick.
  23.  Throw a new hurdle in front of your protagonist.
  24. It’s time to fight, whether with words, fists, or food.
  25. Have a character leave without a trace.

Now, it’s up to you. A well-written plot twist makes for some of the most exciting, mind-blowing, and dramatic stories in history, which is why it’s so important to get it right.

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